Seven hundred walkers and superheroes from across the East Midlands descended on Leicester city centre on Sunday to raise money for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People by taking part in the annual Walk of Life.

This year’s walk, which was themed around ‘superheroes’, saw participants complete either a five or 15 mile route that took them alongside the river Soar and began for the first time at Leicestershire County Cricket Club. The event also provided the perfect finale to Children’s Hospice Week, which this year took place between May 14 and 21.

Superheroes from Superman to Wonder Woman showed up to support the walk alongside cricketing heroes Claude Henderson, Matthew Boyce and Jigar Naik from Leicestershire County Cricket club.

The sponsored event, which attracts walkers and fundraisers from across the East Midlands, is now in in its 14th year, and was this year supported by east midlands radio station Gem 106. A total of over £40,000 is expected to have been raised for the charity through sponsorships and various fundraising events during the day.

Katie Baxter, Community and Events Manager at Rainbows said: “We have received a great response from all those who took part in this year’s Walk of Life, and a great day was had by all. The money raised through events such as Walk of Life makes a huge difference to the children, young people and families that Rainbows supports and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who was involved.”